August 2004 Truck Series News Archive
- Did ya Know? Seven drivers have won a race in each of the National Series: Nextel Cup, Busch and Craftsman Trucks:
NOTE: Geoffrey Bodine’s Truck win was an exhibition race [Homestead] and doesn’t count.
AND Four drivers have won a pole AND a race in each of the National Series:
UPDATE: With the sudden and unexpected departure of original driver Casey Kingsland after one race attempt, DCCS Motorsports will continue to soldier on its effort as establishing itself as a contending team in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. After the unfortunate incident at IRP in which a motor was delivered to the team at the last moment in an incomplete fashion the team moved on to attempt to right the wrongs of the previous race and get the truck race ready in time for the next race. With the motor problems fixed the truck was ready to go and attempt Bristol – however the team had one problem, limited sponsorship funds. After seeing the entry list released, team owner Dave Cushner exercised financial common sense and pulled his team’s entry for the upcoming race at Bristol. Upon making his decision, Cushner contacted Kingsland’s father and manager Roger Kingsland and the two talked over and agreed to the decision. “I told Roger this is what we needed to do to make the team survive and be able to attempt more races. I assured him that Casey was still our primary driver and offered his son the opportunity to drive our truck at Martinsville and any other race in which NASCAR approved him to drive. At the time he seemed pretty ok with that decision. However, the news I hear now just shocks me and to find out by reading the newspaper leaves me speechless”. The team will continue on and compete for the balance of the 2004 season. Qualified drivers interested in driving the Langers Juices #55 Dodge Ram at Richmond or any other race should contact the team.(DCCS Motorsports PR), contact info on my CTS Team Address page.(8-28-2004)
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The television camera doesn’t do justice to the steep 36-degree banked concrete turns of Bristol Motor Speedway. Few are prepared for the enormity of what they see. Imagine, then, what passes through the mind of a rookie competitor gazing upon the .533-mile track for the very first time. Robert Huffman (No. 12 Toyota Tundra Toyota) recalls his first visit to the unique east Tennessee track. “I remember walking through the gate and across the track and thinking, ‘This is the most intimidating place I’ve ever been to,’” said Huffman, a former NASCAR Dash Series champion who made his Bristol debut in that series in 1995.
“I drove around the place for 100 laps and I’m beat. I remember thinking after the race, ‘How do the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup guys do this for 500 laps?’ I was worn out – and pretty sore for days after that.”
Huffman, one of nearly a dozen Raybestos Rookie of the Year contenders hoping to compete in Wednesday night’s NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series O’Reilly 200 presented by Valvoline MaxLife, will have a bit of an edge on some of his freshman rivals.
Huffman has some Bristol experience in a truck as well as a car. The 36-year-old Claremont, N.C. driver finished 33rd in the 1997 event and a year later, drove as relief for an injured Bob Keselowski.
“I think we got lapped once when we made the driver change and another time during the race, but I was pretty happy,” said Huffman of that 18th-place effort.
That race – along with Huffman’s five Dash titles – factored into his hiring by George deBidart’s Innovative Motorsports, one of four teams fielding Toyota trucks in 2004. Huffman qualified on the outside front row in March at Atlanta Motor Speedway, but only recently has been finishing near his and the team’s potential.
Huffman finished eighth at Nashville Superspeedway, his series best. That followed a ninth at Michigan International Speedway and 10th at Kentucky Speedway. Huffman has finished on the lead lap in three of his past five starts.
“We’ve run pretty decent all year; we just haven’t had the results,” said Huffman, whose teammate is Hank Parker Jr. (No. 21 Z Max Toyota). “Now, in the last few races, we’ve been running with the leaders and running in the top 10 and getting results. You can’t get better if you don’t get the experience and now we’re getting it.”
Huffman isn’t alone among Raybestos Rookie contenders who’ve competed at Bristol. Others include Chase Montgomery (No. 8 Herbalife International Dodge), who finished 22nd in the 2003 NASCAR Busch Series Channellock 250. David Reutimann (No. 17 NTN Bearings Toyota) won the Bud Pole for the NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Southeast Series’ 2001 visit to the track. Kelly Sutton (No. 02 Team Copaxone Chevrolet) also competed at the track in several NASCAR Dash races.
Any experience – especially at Bristol – is helpful, according to Huffman.
“I think my Dash Series experience will definitely help me, especially when figuring out the best way to get through the corners,” he said. “Things I learned at Nashville in the series proved to be helpful last weekend. I’m sure the same will be true at Bristol.”
NEWS & NOTES, PART II
NEXTEL Cup Series drivers enter O’Reilly 200 … Three NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series veterans have entered the O’Reilly 200 presented by Valvoline MaxLife, including Kevin Harvick (No. 92 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet), who lost the race lead to tire failure with slightly more than a lap remaining in last year’s event. Robby Gordon (No. 47 ACXIOM Chevrolet) will make his first series appearance since 1997 as will Ken Schrader (No. 52 Federated Auto Parts Chevrolet).
Hamilton in pursuit of Tennessee Triple … Bobby Hamilton (No. 4 Square D Dodge) can go where no driver has before, with a chance to win all three current series stops in the state of Tennessee in the same season. Hamilton won at Memphis Motorsports Park in June and at Nashville Superspeedway on Aug. 14. Also the NCTS points leader, Hamilton will drive a chassis dubbed “Mini Me,” the truck his son, Bobby Jr., put on the Bud Pole at Nashville and drove to a fourth-place finish. “Mini Me” is the elder Hamilton’s nickname for Bobby Jr.
Etc. … Hamilton’s championship lead of 84 points over Dennis Setzer (No. 46 Chevrolet Silverado Chevrolet) is the second largest of the season. Setzer held a 131-point advantage over Carl Edwards (No. 99 Superchips Ford) after the June 25 event at The Milwaukee Mile. … The O’Reilly 200 presented by Valvoline MaxLife has been won off the front row three times, and by a competitor starting among the top three on five occasions. The defending winner, Travis Kvapil (No. 24 Line-X Toyota), started 12th last year. … Ron Hornaday Jr. led all 200 laps in winning the 1997 race. Hornaday also won the last event in which there were no lead changes – July 12, 1997 at the old Louisville Motor Speedway. … Reutimann’s team owner, Darrell Waltrip, won 12 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup events at Bristol Motor Speedway, the most by any driver. The team’s general manager, Bobby Kennedy, was Michael Waltrip’s winning crew chief in the 2003 NASCAR Busch Series Food City 250 … Three of the first four Bristol events were decided by less than one second. Joe Ruttman’s victory over Geoffrey Bodine in the first NCTS event remains the closest finish, a margin of .130 second. … Chevrolet has won five of six series races at Bristol Motor Speedway. Dodge remains winless, but was the runnerup in 1999 and 2003.
ON THE RIGHT TRACK
Three of top four Bristol lap leaders to compete … Drivers ranked second through fourth in laps led at Bristol Motor Speedway have entered this week’s event. They are Jack Sprague (No. 16 Chevy Trucks Chevrolet, 129 laps led), Mike Skinner (No. 42 Toyota Tundra Toyota, 125) and Kevin Harvick (124), respectively. In five Bristol starts, Sprague has never finished out of the top 10, completing each of a possible 956 laps.
“You see a lot of veterans win on short tracks just because they’ve been there to figure the track out and are patient enough to wait on the right timing during the race. There is not really a certain way to drive them. Just staying out of trouble is hard enough. It pays to be in the front of the pack.” – Bobby Hamilton on what it takes to win a short-track race.
“There is nothing we race on that is similar to Bristol. Bristol is such a unique track by itself. Whether it’s Mansfield, Memphis, IRP or Martinsville, absolutely ‘zero’ will help us at Bristol. There is nothing we’ve done at the other short tracks this year that can help us at Bristol.” – Terry Cook (No. 10 International Truck and Engines Ford), whose 14th-place finish in 1998 remains his best effort at Bristol Motor Speedway.
“You know how quickly things can happen out there and stay heads-ups from the drop of the green. Even then, you can be leading and then in the garage in a blink of an eye.” – Jack Sprague.
“It’s a pivotal race for points. We’re going to keep our eyes wide open when we get there, but there again, I gotta keep my foot wide open, too, in order to stay at the front and out of trouble.” – Ted Musgrave (No. 1 Mopar Dodge), the 2003 O’Reilly 200 presented by Valvoline MaxLife Bud Pole winner.
FROM THE ARCHIVES
Two competitors, Joe Ruttman (1995) and Rick Carelli (1996) recorded their first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series victories at Bristol Motor Speedway. Every subsequent winner – Ron Hornaday Jr. (1997-98), Sprague (1999) and Travis Kvapil (2003) – has been a series champion.
What: O’Reilly 200 presented by Valvoline MaxLife (Race No. 16 of 25).
Where: Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, Tenn.
When: 9 p.m. ET, Wednesday, Aug. 25.
Track layout: .533-mile high- banked concrete oval.
Race length: 200 laps/106.6 miles.
Posted awards: $446,514.
TV: SPEED Channel, 9 p.m. ET.
Radio: MRN, XM Satellite.
2003 winner: Travis Kvapil.
2003 polesitter: Ted Musgrave.
Pre-race schedule (all times local): Wednesday, Practice 11:20 a.m. until 1:20 p.m. Qualifying 4:40 p.m. Trucks impounded following qualifying.(NASCAR PR)(8-23-2004)
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Hamilton season’s fifth different points leader … Nashville’s Bobby Hamilton enters this week’s “home game” as the new NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series championship leader by five points over Dennis Setzer (No. 46 Chevrolet Silverado Chevrolet). The last time Hamilton led the standings was last season. Following the 2003 season opener at Daytona, Hamilton won the following week at Darlington and led the points for seven consecutive weeks. He finished sixth in last year’s final rankings. This year, Setzer’s reign ended after 10 consecutive races, beginning May 16 at Mansfield Motorsports Speedway. Edwards and Travis Kvapil (No. 24 Line-X Toyota) also have led the standings, giving each manufacturer at least one driver at the top. Chaffin latest to double up … Chad Chaffin (No. 18 Dickies Dodge), who led only the final lap, en route to his Aug. 6 win at Indianapolis Raceway Park, is the fourth driver this season with two or more victories. There hasn’t been a repeat winner, however, over the past six races.
Etc. … At Nashville, Hamilton and son Bobby Hamilton Jr. (No. 04 Hyde Park Electronics Dodge) will face off for the first time in a NASCAR Craftsman Truck event. The younger Hamilton finished fourth in the 2002 event. … Nashville fans will have plenty of rooting interest in the Toyota Tundra 200. Four area drivers – the Hamiltons, Chaffin and Chase Montgomery (No. 8 Gladiator Garageworks Dodge) – will compete along with Deborah Renshaw (No. 29 K Automotive Ford), a former Music City Motorplex late model competitor. … The defending winner, Carl Edwards is the only previous winner expected to compete in the Toyota Tundra 200. … Scott Riggs (2001) and Mike Bliss (2002) won the race from the Bud Pole. Chaffin finished sixth from the top starting spot last year. … James Hylton (No. 77 Dodge) is set to make his NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series debut in Nashville, 12 days shy of his 69th birthday. Hylton, the 1966 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Rookie of the Year and 1972 Talladega 500 winner, is a veteran of 641 starts in NASCAR’s premier series. Morgan Shepherd, at age 62, is the oldest driver to have started a NASCAR Craftsman Truck race; he did it in November 2003. … The Toyota Tundra 200 marks the 22nd time the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series has appeared in Tennessee, beginning with the June 1995 stop at Bristol Motor Speedway. Only Virginia, with 23 events, has hosted more series races. … As many as 10,000 Toyota employees from assembly plants in Indiana, Kentucky and Alabama are expected to attend Saturday’s race, a hospitality event believed to be one of the largest ever by a single company for a NASCAR event. The Tundra, on which the manufacturer’s race truck is based, is built in Princeton, Ind.. … Saturday’s pre-race activities will see Darrell Waltrip hand over the keys to his Toyota Tundra Double Cab to Michigan native Mike Slusarski, who bid $42,301 in an eBay charity auction benefiting the Victory Junction Gang camp. Kyle Petty will accept Slusarski’s bid – 100 percent of which goes to the camp.
ON THE RIGHT TRACK
Crawford, Musgrave perfect at Nashville … Musgrave and Crawford never have finished off the lead lap or out of the top five in three Nashville Superspeedway starts. Musgrave has led all three races. Crawford has led two.
“My track record is pretty decent at tracks that I have little or no experience on, so I’m going into the race this weekend looking to bring home another good finish for my manufacturer and team.” – Mike Skinner, No. 42 Toyota Tundra Toyota, the only competitor among the top 12 in points without a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series appearance at Nashville Superspeedway. “We built a brand new in-house truck for Bristol and needed to have a test session with it. Bobby Junior drove a truck for me two years ago in Nashville and finished fourth . He gave us a lot of great input, so this is a natural fit for us again. Harold Holly (Hamilton Jr.’s NASCAR Busch Series crew chief) and all the Marines guys are coming over to pit it, so we’re excited about the help.” – Bobby Hamilton, on racing with his son in the Toyota Tundra 200. “I love any opportunity to race with my dad. Every time we race together it is a learning opportunity for me. I love the fact I can drive my dad’s stuff and bring my Team Marines guys in to pit the car. It reminds me of the Saturday night racing so many of us are familiar with in Nashville.” – Bobby Hamilton Jr., who out-raced his father – he finished sixth, his father 16th – in last weekend’s NASCAR Busch Series race at Indianapolis Raceway Park. “Winning the first Bud Pole of my career in the NASCAR Busch Series and breaking the track record at Nashville is something I will always remember. We broke the track record at Michigan a few weeks ago in the truck but it didn’t stand because qualifying was rained out right after my run.” – Shane Hmiel (No. 15 Earl Small’s Harley-Davidson Chevrolet), whose Pepsi 300 pole was clocked at a then-record speed of 161.440 mph.
FROM THE ARCHIVES
Jack Sprague is looking for his first series victory at the Nashville Superspeedway, but the three-time NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion remains the only competitor to have won a race at three different tracks in Tennessee. Sprague has victories at Bristol Motor Speedway (1999), Memphis Motorsports Park (2000) and Nashville Speedway USA (1997). Sprague also won a NASCAR Busch Series race at Nashville Superspeedway in 2002.
What: Toyota Tundra 200 (Race No. 15 of 25). Where: Nashville Superspeedway, Nashville, Tenn. When: 5 p.m. ET, Saturday, Aug. 14. Track layout: 1.333-mile banked concrete oval. Race length: 200 miles/150 laps. Posted awards: $424,074. TV: SPEED Channel, 5 p.m. ET. Radio: MRN, XM Satellite. 2003 winner: Carl Edwards. 2003 polesitter: Chad Chaffin. Pre-race schedule (all times local): Friday, Practice 11:00 a.m. until 1:25 p.m. Qualifying 4:00 p.m. Trucks impounded following qualifying.(NASCAR PR)(8-12-2004)
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From the Stock Car Fans CTS Newsletter: Congratulations to Jack Sprague and the #16 IWX Racing team on capturing the pole for tonight’s race at Indianapolis Raceway Park. Bobby Hamilton is staying close to the front also, he will start 2nd. Hamilton is followed by the Bang Racing team of Travis Kvapil (who is sponsored by Nutzz.Com this week, an online auction which is pretty neat to check out!) and Mike Skinner. A few surprises in the top 10 included Johnny Sauter in the Curb Records Chevy (6th) and Denny Hamlin in the Joe Gibbs Performance Chevy (7th). Among the contenders starting towards the rear of the field, are Steve Park (24th), Rick Crawford (27th), and Darrell Waltrip (28th). Andy Houston and Gateway winner David Starr will start 29th and 30th respectively.
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Toyota wins for first time at Michigan … After two early-season runner-up finishes, Toyota claimed its first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series victory on July 31 at Michigan International Speedway. Travis Kvapil (No. 24 Line-X Toyota) passed his Bang Racing teammate Mike Skinner (No. 42 Toyota Tundra Toyota) with 17 laps to go for the historic win in the truck’s 13th series appearance. Each of the series’ four manufacturers won a race in July – Ford at Kansas Speedway, Dodge at Kentucky Speedway and Chevrolet at Gateway International Raceway.
Waltrip brothers prepare to battle at IRP … Brothers Darrell (No. 11 Toyota Tundra Toyota) and Michael Waltrip (No. 33 Monaco Coach Corporations Chevrolet) will compete against each other in the Power Stroke Diesel 200 for only the second time in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Michael got the best of Darrell Waltrip in November 1996, finishing fourth while his older sibling finished 20th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Darrell finished sixth at IRP in 2002.
Etc. … Competitors boasting six of nine series victories at IRP are expected to compete in this week’s 10th edition of the event. They are Skinner (1995-96), Jack Sprague (No. 16 Chevy Trucks Chevrolet, 1998 and 2001), Terry Cook (No. 10 Power Stroke Diesel Ford, 2002) and Edwards (2003). … If he wins this week, Sprague will become the first $5 million career winner in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. In 185 starts, the three-time champion has won $4,964,569. He’ll also celebrate his 40th birthday on Sunday. … Three of the top-five finishers in last year’s Power Stroke Diesel 200 are former Raybestos Rookies of the Year – Edwards (2003), first; Kvapil (2001), second and Brendan Gaughan (2002), fourth. … Dennis Setzer (No. 46 Chevrolet Silverado Chevrolet), carries a 33-point lead over Bobby Hamilton (No. 4 Square D Dodge) into race No. 19 of 25. Setzer’s advantage has fluctuated from a high of 131 points (June 28 over Edwards) to six points (July 10 over Hamilton). He has held the No. 1 spot for 10 consecutive races. … Indianapolis Raceway Park is one of only five venues to host a race in each of the series’ 10 seasons. … Bud Pole starters have won four of the nine races held at IRP with the winner being one of the top-three qualifiers only once. … Among competitors doing double duty this week is Shane Hmiel (No. 15 Earl Small’s Harley-Davidson Chevrolet), who’ll again substitute for Kasey Kahne in the NASCAR Busch Series. Hmiel drove Kahne’s No. 38 Great Clips Dodge to a fourth-place finish at The Milwaukee Mile. Hmiel finished fourth at IRP last year. … The preliminary entry for the Power Stroke Diesel 200 lists 52 teams. That’s six more than made qualifying attempts a year ago. … Johnny Benson will get a second stint behind the wheel of the Bill Davis Racing No. 23 Toyota Tundra Toyota. In his debut with the team last week at Michigan International Speedway, Benson drove to a fourth-place finish from 31st. … Crew Chief John Monsam, released from the No. 50 Roush Racing team of Jon Wood, has signed with Bang Racing and guided Skinner to a third-place finish at Michigan. Monsam has won with a series-record seven drivers. Wood’s new crew chief is veteran Roush Racing employee Tony Price. Ten of 30 fulltime series teams – a third – have made a crew chief change since the season began.
ON THE RIGHT TRACK
Watch out for these guys … Skinner, Sprague and Cook have led a combined eight races at Indianapolis Raceway Park, winning five. Skinner led all 250 laps en route to victories in 1995 and 1996 and is the track’s all-time series lap leader with 350. Sprague and cook have led 237 and 221 laps, respectively.
FROM THE ARCHIVES
The NASCAR Busch Series’ No. 2-ranked driver and Raybestos Rookie of the Year leader Kyle Busch made his NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series debut at Indianapolis Raceway Park in 2001. The then-16-year-old Busch finished ninth after starting from the rear of the field in a backup truck. Busch is due to drive the No. 47 ACXIOM Chevrolet in Friday’s Power Stroke Diesel 200.
What: Power Stroke Diesel 200 (Race No. 14 of 25).
Where: Indianapolis Raceway Park, Clermont, Ind.
When: 8 p.m. ET, Friday, Aug. 6.
Track layout: .686-mile paved oval.
Race length: 200 laps/137.2 miles.
Posted awards: $485,784.
TV: SPEED Channel, 8 p.m. ET.
Radio: MRN, XM Satellite.
2003 winner: Carl Edwards.
2003 polesitter: Terry Cook.
Pre-race schedule (all times local): Friday, Practice 11:45 a.m. until 1:45 p.m. Qualifying 3:45 p.m. Trucks impounded following qualifying.(NASCAR PR)(8-5-2004)
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